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Not everyone wants to get married in church and registry offices can be soulless places. Fortunately, couples are no longer limited to one or the other and it is now possible to get married in some amazing places. Fancy getting married under water? No problem. In a cave, a museum? You’ve got it. A library perhaps or a theme park? They are all possible in 21st century Britain.

If you are after something slightly more traditional that will still bring a great deal more originality, atmosphere and romance than you find in your average registry office, then a country house wedding might offer the perfect solution.

Getting hitched in a marvellous country house can really bring the wow factor to your wedding day. They can be grand but also intimate and atmospheric, romantic but also practical with excellent facilities on site. Museums, caves and theme parks are all very well but can they offer suitable space for a reception, spotless cloakroom facilities and somewhere for guests to mingle and enjoy post wedding celebratory drinks while the photographer does his/her stuff?

No, you can’t beat a unique country pile for the perfect wedding experience. Here are just three of the quirkiest and most original in the south west of England today.

Lulworth Castle

Can you think of a more spectacular place to get married than a 17th century castle? Lulworth Castle was built in the early 1600s. It is set in a 1,000 acre deer park and so offers the most stunning locations for the wedding photographs. Winter weddings can be especially atmospheric. Imagine a medieval banquet reception, twinkling lights and a 15 foot Christmas tree! A wedding to remember indeed. The wedding organisers at the castle can arrange everything for you if you wish from the catering, the flowers to the Lulworth Castle wedding photographer.

Polhawn Fort

How about marrying in a real Napoleonic Fort with its own drawbridge, spiral staircase, high vaulted ceiling and spectacular views of the sea? Winter weddings in this cliff top fort can be particularly atmospheric. Imagine a blazing fire, your guests around you, you smile and sip champagne, while the wild Cornish sea crashes against the foot of the cliffs below. You can find out more about this historic building here

Sopley Mill

If a castle or a Napoleonic Fort seem a little too grand for you, you might prefer the quiet and understated beauty of Sopley Water Mill on the river Avon, near Christchurch. With beautiful views over the water meadows, this historic 18th century water mill offers all you need for an unforgettable wedding. Weddings in Sopley Mill can also be inexpensive as they allow you to supply your own drink and catering should you wish.

Once you have decided upon the venue for your wedding, you will want to give some thought to the ceremony itself. Church and registry office weddings can be quite prescriptive in what you can and cannot say during the service. Alternative venues free your imagination. You need to exchange some formal wording but you decide exactly what you want to say. Find out more at

Tie the knot in style somewhere you and your guests will always remember.